An incredible 85 young people from across Thurrock came together to receive prestigious Jack Petchey Foundation Achievement Awards presented at the Civic Hall on Tuesday 12th March.
The event honoured Achievement Award winners aged 11-25 who received medallions to go with their framed certificate and a cheque for £250 each, already presented.
They were nominated by their peers and leaders, winning awards for a variety of achievements and always for doing their best.
Seven adults also celebrated with Leader Awards who have demonstrated, in an outstanding way, an ability to motivate young people. They received a medallion and a framed certificate.
Thurrock have received funding of £1,355,770 from the Jack Petchey Foundation since funding started in 2001.
Mayor of Thurrock, Barbara Rice said: “I would like to applaud the high level of achievement of the young people from Thurrock who once again have gone above and beyond.
“Sir Jack Petchey is indeed an example to us all, showing great tenacity in the face of adversity.”
Winners included Hannah Luke, aged 16, who attends St Clere’s School.
Hannah often volunteers her time as part of the Stanford Le Hope and Surrounding Areas Fundraising team.
Since joining, she has helped to raise over £32,000 for various causes.
This includes bag packing in supermarkets, quiz nights, discos and car washes. She also helped to organise the annual appeal for Christmas presents and last year over 8,000 presents were given out to people in hospitals, to refugees and to care homes.
In recognition of this incredible work, Hannah was nominated for the ‘Young Fundraiser of the Year’ in the Festival Leisure Park Community awards. She finished in second place.
Hannah decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new equipment for the school.
Aaron Sidhu, aged 16, attends The Hathaway Academy. Aaron used to be quite shy and reserved but in the past couple of years he has developed into a polite and engaged young man. Part of this is due to his participation in extra-curricular activities.
Aaron has been very committed to the school’s basketball club, he has shown brilliant improvement in his performance and is a very coachable player. This has helped to improve his confidence.
On top of this, Aaron is also a Charity Leader and has recently been helping a Year 8 tutor group in their preparation for the First Give project.
Aaron decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new equipment for the school.
Rhys Cotter, aged 15, attends St Clere’s School. Rhys is an excellent example of a student working hard to do their best. He has won various awards including winning Sportsman of the Year three times running.
He has also won Rugby Player of the Year, Football Player of the Year and has received special honours in football, rugby, cross country, basketball and athletics.
He also represents the school in Rugby at county and international level as well as representing England in Gaelic football.
Rhys also shows brilliant leadership skills and is willing to help others where he can. He is always looking to pass on skills and knowledge to others.
Rhys decided to spend his £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new equipment for the school.
Katelyn Draper, aged 12, attends The Hathaway Academy. Last year Katelyn took part in a ‘Shine Walk’ across London, where she walked through the city at night to raise money for Cancer Research UK. She managed to raise £400 through this event.
Following this, she also took part in a sponsored walk for St Lukes Hospice, where she walked through a country park with steep hills. The walk was 10 miles long and took about 5 hours to complete.
Katelyn decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on new equipment for the school.
Abbie Wells, aged 16, attends Treetops School. Over the past year Abbie has worked hard and grown incredible amounts of confidence. She is very kind to her peers and is always willing to help others.
She has recently taken on the role of Head Girl in the school and, since stepping into the role, has done an excellent job.
Abbie decided to spend her £250 Jack Petchey Achievement Award grant on a class outing to a Christmas meal and some new play equipment for the school.